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Category Archives: Blog III

Midwest Manufacturers — Make Do, Can Do, Will Do

November 17, 2020 By: Mark Schmit As a proud son of the Midwest (yes, my family does exchange holiday cheese, and yes, it’s delicious, we have no regrets), I was particularly interested in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing […]

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The Emergence of Digital Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing is not a new concept but is continuing to evolve. From robotics, additive manufacturing and augmented reality to big data, simulation and cybersecurity, technologies can be found in manufacturing facilities across the country.

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Supplier Scouting Provides Solutions

Supplier Scouting Provides Solutions
Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S.

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If You Connect It, Protect It!

October 6, 2020 By: Zane Patalive Meet Humphrey Humphrey is a gray squirrel that a friend of mine rescued as an abandoned baby squirrel. For weeks, my friend and his family nursed the young creature by hand. While Humphrey was growing, […]

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Suspicious Minds: Non-Technical Signs Your Business Might Have Been Hacked

October 13, 2020 By: Pat Toth I grew up in the outer suburbs of New York City. My dad commuted to the city for work, as did most of our neighbors, but as kids we rarely went into the city. An […]

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Manufacturing Day – Its Genesis and Evolution

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) has become a nationwide phenomenon. MFG Day is held annually on the first Friday in October. Many events continue throughout the entire month. The purpose of MFG Day is to show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. Each year thousands of manufacturers open their doors to give a glimpse at what today’s manufacturing really looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers.

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Posted by Rachel Miller Toyota Kata–a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement–had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese carmaker’s renowned production system methods and tools. A Kata is a routine practiced so its pattern becomes a […]

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 2: Helping Supervisors Solve Workplace People Problems

Posted by Rachel Miller The pressure on today’s workforce is considerable. COVID-19 has introduced new challenges. There are new rules about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) gear. Workers may be dealing with changes to equipment and floor plan layouts […]

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 1: Practice Makes Perfect with On-the-Job Training

Posted by Rachel Miller Even before COVID-19, manufacturers were facing challenges on several fronts relative to hiring and retaining a high-performing workforce. In addition to the easily observed factors – lack of a qualified applicant pool, turnover and absenteeism, and under-performing […]

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Future-proof your manufacturing while supply chains are in flux

   By Mike O’Donnell  – Center for Industrial Research and Service    Sep 4, 2020 – Original article at the BizJournals.com  Manufacturers are entrepreneurs at heart. Intense global competition requires them to iterate until their business is a finely tuned machine, then […]

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